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Wheaton president to speak at ACU faith, learning symposium

September 28, 2005

Dr. Duane Litfin, president of Wheaton College, will be on the Abilene Christian University campus Oct. 4-5 for the Faith and Learning Symposium, as a part of ACU's Centennial Celebration.  Drawing on his recent book, Conceiving the Christian College, he will focus on the theme "Christian Higher Education: Heritage and Promise."

Litfin will address about 100 local university faculty, community leaders and church leaders at a luncheon Tuesday at the Abilene Country Club at 11:30 a.m., where he will speak about Christian education's impact on the community.

He also will present two lectures Tuesday: at 3 p.m. in Room 130 of the Onstead-Packer Biblical Studies Building with the topic "Conceiving the Christian College: Two Models" and at 7 p.m. in Hart Auditorium with the topic "Faith, Learning, and Religious Heritage." Both are free and open to the general public.

Litfin will speak at a special Chapel for graduate students and will address ACU faculty and administrators at a luncheon on Wednesday.

"He is an excellent communicator and thinker," said Dr. Dwayne VanRheenen, ACU provost. "The Abilene community, and especially the faith and education communities, will be enriched by his presentations."

One writer characterized his book, Conceiving the Christian College, as "a remarkably rich and erudite contribution to the burgeoning literature on Christian higher education." As president of Wheaton, which was founded in 1853, he leads a school considered by many to be the foremost Christian, evangelical, liberal arts undergraduate college in the world.

Litfin is now in his thirteenth year as Wheaton College's seventh president.  He holds an undergraduate degree in biblical studies and a master's degree in theology.  His two doctorates are from Purdue University (Ph.D., Communication) and Oxford University (D.Phil., New Testament).  He is the author of several books, including Recent Homiletical Thought, Public Speaking, St. Paul's Theology of Proclamation, and Conceiving the Christian College. His writings have appeared in numerous journals and periodicals.

ACU, a national leader in Christian higher education with 4,700 students from around the world, was founded Sept. 11, 1906. The university is celebrating its Centennial year from Aug. 22, 2005 to Sept. 11, 2006 with the theme "Called to Faith and Excellence."

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